Can you imagine getting on a school bus and being dropped off at the zoo? Not for a field trip, but every day!? At SAMi exhibits are classrooms and the notion of “hands-on learning” takes on new meaning.
Tacoma Public Schools redefines immersion based learning via three innovative high schools: Tacoma School of Arts (SOTA), School of Industrial Design Engineering and Art (iDEA), and the Science and Math Institute (SAMi). Each emphasize project-based learning via community partnerships with small businesses and cultural organizations which include the University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma Community College, Metro Park Tacoma, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Washington State History Museum, the Museum of Glass, the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Fort Nisqually, the Metro Parks Marina, and the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.